Dinner With Hannibal Lecter

There’s considerable debate among writers regarding passive and active voice. At one extreme, some say passive voice is unquestionably not permissible. Others believe a sprinkle here and there is not a big deal. I hope we can all agree that over use of passive voice can be as detrimental to your prose as Hannibal Lecter was to the life of Paul Krendler. In case you’re unfamiliar with the story, Hannibal invites Paul Krendler and Clarice Starling to a formal dinner party where Paul’s brains are the first course.

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THINK ABOUT IT: WHERE DO YOU STAND ON THIS DEBATE? IS YOUR PROSE A VICTIM OF PASSIVE VOICE?

Did you know Microsoft Word settings can be modified  to check for passive voice? Click the link for detailed instructions. http://www.ehow.com/how_2273684_change-microsoft-word-settings-check.html

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Posted in Active Voice, Editing, Passive Voice, Tips

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